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October 10, 2016

College Partners with AYE to Provide Youth Work Opportunities

College of the Canyons has partnered with Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services (AYE) to provide critical job training for participants of This Way Ahead – Los Angeles , an internship program that provides young people with their first work experience and a potential career pathway with Gap Inc. and the customer service industry.

For youth interested in the This Way Ahead internship opportunity, COC provides rigorous in-person and online customer service training through the Employee Training Institute.

With the mentorship and guidance of AYE staff and Gap Inc. store managers, 58 interns were hired in 15 Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy stores across the Los Angeles Metro Area. Of the 58 interns hired, 37 of them completed customer service training through COC. Many of these interns have been extended offers for ongoing employment within these stores.

“We applaud Gap Inc. for its efforts in providing our youth with the life-changing experience of a first job,” said Kevin Anthony, chair of the college’s hotel and restaurant management program. 

In recognition of the Gap Inc.’s commitment to investing in the potential of Los Angeles youth, COC Board Member Bruce Fortine presented the 2016 AYE Award of Excellence to Gap Inc. at the “Building Bridges to Success” Annual Awards and Benefits dinner held at the Omni Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 6. 
Accepting the award on behalf of Gap Inc. was Sherrille Williams, Senior District Manager with Gap and the TWA City Leader for Los Angeles. 

The relationship between AYE and COC was developed two years ago when AYE partnered with the college’s ETI Customer service training program. To date, the program has had over 300 graduates.

For more information about the college’s Employee Training Institute, visit​